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Good value for money in Cape Agulhas holiday villages

27 Jun 2015

The quaint coastal villages of the Cape Agulhas region, the southernmost point of the continent, are back in demand with buyers from across the globe shopping for good value homes in this area.

This home in Arniston has six bedrooms, six bathrooms, an open-plan living area with fireplace, built-in braai and a patio. It is selling for R4.895 million - click here to view.

This is according to Seeff’s agents for Arniston, Struisbaai, L’Agulhas and Suiderstrand, who say following a few flat years’ trade post-2008, buyer interest is again on the up. The average sales price for Arniston is also up to around R1.8 million, about 50% more than in 2013, and buyers from Johannesburg to as far afield as Nelspruit are again investing in property in this area.

The close proximity to Cape Town, makes the area easily accessible for weekend, holiday and retirement home buyers, especially in view of the still affordable prices on offer, most still below R3 million.

Struisbaai, L’Agulhas and Suiderstrand are situated at the southernmost point of Africa, while Arniston, also known as Waenhuiskrans, is situated about an hour’s drive further east along the coast.

According to Elaine Hodgson from Struisbaai, L’Agulhas and Suiderstrand, each village has its own special appeal and attractions, but you can be sure to expect no traffic or noise pollution and low crime.

This three bedroom house in Bredasdorp offers an entertainment room, patio and a fireplace. It is on the market for R1.64 million - click here to view.

Regarded as the tip of Africa and the meeting point of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans, L’Agulhas is a popular visitor destination. It is also renowned for its much photographed lighthouse and beautiful, albeit treacherous, rocky coast where shipwreck remains of yesteryear are still to be seen.

The typical Cape Dutch and sandstone architecture, with many houses still standing since the early beginnings, is another drawcard for the area, although you can today see cosy rustic houses alongside modern homes being built as the area grows in popularity.

Neighbouring Struisbaai has resident sting rays at the harbour, and whales frequent the coastline. Both villages are bordered by the Agulhas National Park with its lush mountains, Cape fynbos and bountiful species of birds.

While there is basic infrastructure on offer in the small villages, Bredasdorp, the main centre for the Cape Agulhas with its top class facilities, including medical services and shopping facilities, is close by.

This 851sqm vacant land in Struisbaai is priced at R900 000 - click here to view.

Arniston agent, Elaine Beyers, says Arniston, is a quaint fishing village with a rich and diverse history that dates back almost 2 000 years, when hunter-gatherers evidently passed through the region. The village is flanked by nature reserves, De Hoop and De Mond.

Beyers says buyers are generally drawn by the romance of owning a home in a rustic, unspoilt fishing village, and are often surprised at just how good the prices generally still are.

Prices in Arniston start at about R1 million for a small stone cottage with a fireplace, veranda with a stone-built braai and an outdoor shower, and range to around R3.2 million for a large, four bedroom stone house, also with a stone fireplace. There are also a few top-end properties, some trading as bed and breakfast establishments, on offer around the R4.8 million price range, says Beyers.

Struisbaai agent, Elaine Hodgson, says in this area interest is on the up as well, and there is now a shortage of housing stock under the R1 million price range, making this a seller’s market. There is still quite a bit of vacant land on offer, ranging upwards of around R200 000 to R2 million for an unobstructed sea view stand.

Although small houses start at around R1 million, the average house price for the village is R1.2 million, with prices ranging to around R4 million for a top-end holiday home or guest house in the area.
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